Which Liposuction Technique Means the Best Results?

shutterstock_64614595It can be frustrating to finally hit your target weight through diet and exercise only to have stubborn fat stop you from achieving the silhouette you desire. Liposuction can help improve those problem spots that don’t respond to diet or exercise. But is there one liposuction technique that can mean better results?

How Liposuction Works

Although it is surgery, liposuction can be performed in Dr. Meade’s office as an outpatient procedure using general or local anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Meade makes small incisions close to the target area that are just big enough for a thin tube called a cannula. The incisions are so tiny that they typically fade after some time and become nearly indiscernible.

Next, a sterile saline solution is injected into the target area to help loosen and break apart the fat cells for easier removal. Suction is then used to permanently remove the fat cells from the body.

New Techniques

Dr. Meade offers the traditional form of liposuction, called tumescent liposuction, which is still considered the gold standard of body contouring. However, other lipo techniques are purported to deliver the same results—or better.

Newer techniques claim to use more effective ways to prepare fat cells for removal, such as using a laser to melt and liquefy fat or ultrasound energy to break up the fat prior to removing it with suction. However, with these options come greater risks of harm to nearby tissue, especially in the hands of a less experienced practitioner.

What’s more important than the specific liposuction technique used is the skill of your surgeon. A board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in body contouring is the best way to help ensure ideal results.